While the end of “Game of Thrones” is bittersweet for its cast, Jason Momoa couldn’t be happier to be celebrating alongside Emilia Clarke.
Momoa’s character, Khal Drogo, was married to Clarke’s character, who became Khaleesi during their union, in the series before he died. While attending the show’s premiere on Wednesday night in New York, Momoa recalled nearly losing his on-screen wife in real life after she suffered brain aneurysms.
“I’ve kind of been a part of that whole situation for a very long time, so we’ve had so many scares and trying to find the right way to come out and help,” Momoa told Entertainment Tonight. “I just think it’s beautiful that … she’s so brave in helping the world and trying to raise awareness.”
Clarke, 32, opened up about the health battle that nearly took her life in an essay for the New Yorker last month.
“I’m very sad, because we almost lost her the first time,” Momoa shared. “So, I love her to bits and she’s here and she’s going to do great things with it and teach the world.”
After recovering from her first aneurysm in 2011, Clarke had to undergo emergency surgery in 2013 when doctors discovered a second aneurysm had doubled in size. The recovery was brutal, leaving Clarke with a “drain coming out” of her head as she heald.
As difficult as the recovery was, both physically and emotionally, Clarke is now at 100 percent, she said. She started a charity, Same You, to help people recovering from strokes and other brain injuries.
“There is something gratifying, and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of ‘Thrones,’” she concluded her essay. “I’m so happy to be here to see the end of this story and the beginning of whatever comes next.”
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